Guy Ritchie Set To Direct Live-Action Version of Aladdin
In addition, it is reported that Ritchie will offer a new twist on the classic story by approaching it from a non-linear prospective. This creative decision means that the film audiences see will be different from the original in more ways than they expect:
Based on the Middle-Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the 1992 animated film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who had previously-directed The Little Mermaid and would go on to make other Disney classics including Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog, and the upcoming Moana. It famously featured Robin Williams as the film’s genie, along with Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, plus Douglas Seale as The Sultan, and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago. Aladdin was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World.”
The film would go on to spawn two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, plus a TV series simply titled Aladdin that would bring things full circle and later crossover with Hercules: The Animated Series.
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